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7:25 PM ET, March 15, 2010

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Ezra Klein:
Nancy Pelosi's strategy for passing health-care reform  —  “My biggest fight has been between those who wanted to do something incremental and those who wanted to do something comprehensive,” Nancy Pelosi said in a meeting with reporters this morning.  “We won that fight …
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The Note:
GOP's Dick Armey Predicts Democrats Will Probably Pass Health Care  —  ABC News' Matt Loffman reports:  —  Former Republican House Majority Leader and current Tea Party leader Dick Armey said today that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is “inept” but that Congress would likely still pass health care reform.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Pelosi: Passing Health Reform Will Set Stage For Great Debate With GOP  —  In her most expansive case yet for health reform, Nancy Pelosi argued in a small roundtable with bloggers today that passing it into law would set the stage for a great, long-term debate with the GOP over the proper role …
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Pelosi: Controversial tactic an ‘option’ for moving healthcare  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is leaving the door open on using a controversial procedure to move healthcare through the House.  —  The process would allow the House to “deem” the Senate bill passed when it votes on a package …
Discussion: Hot Air
Lisa Depaulo / GQ Magazine: GQ:
Hello, America, My Name Is Rielle Hunter  —  We've heard from former senator John Edwards, we've heard from his soon-to-be-ex-wife, Saint Elizabeth, and we've heard (bleh) from Andrew Young, the former Edwards aide and faux father.  But through it all—the affair and the cancer-stricken spouse …
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Art Beast / The Daily Beast:
Edwards Sex Tape Details  —  Hungry Beast Giving Beast Women in the World  —  Blogs and Stories  —  Andrew Young tells The Daily Beast he's going on the offensive against his old boss, John Edwards.  Diane Dimond reveals how the sex tape imperils the ex-candidate-and what exactly is on it.
theview.abc.go.com:
Barbara on Her Phone Call From Rielle
Discussion: Pajamas Media
The Huffington Post:
J.D. Hayworth: Gay Marriage Law Could Produce Man-Horse Nuptials  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) primary challenger, former Arizona congressman J.D. Hayworth, warned this past weekend that the same-sex marriage decision handed down by the Massachusetts Supreme Court …
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Hayworth: ‘Could marry your horse’  —  Former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-Ariz.) said Sunday that the expansion of state laws allowing gay marriage could lead to people marrying horses.  —  Hayworth, during an interview with an Orlando, Fla., radio station explained: “You see, the Massachusetts Supreme Court …
Fhardingj / CNN:
Hayworth: Gay marriage opens doors to bestiality
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Turn Against Israel  —  The U.S. makes a diplomatic crisis out of a blunder.  —  In recent weeks, the Obama Administration has endorsed “healthy relations” between Iran and Syria, mildly rebuked Syrian President Bashar Assad for accusing the U.S. of “colonialism,” …
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Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Israel envoy: U.S. ties at their worst in 35 years
Jake Sherman / The Politico:   Cantor: W.H. ‘irresponsible’ on Israel
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Graham: Pelosi has House Dems ‘liquored up on sake’ ready for ‘suicide run’  —  Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Monday used language that compared House Democrats' efforts to pass healthcare reform legislation to a Japanese kamikaze mission.  —  “Nancy Pelosi, I think …
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Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Democratic leaders say health bill will pass
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
The Beck Factor at Fox: Staffers say comments taint their work  —  In just over a year, Glenn Beck's blinding burst of stardom has often seemed to overshadow the rest of Fox News.  —  And that may not be a good thing for the top-rated cable news channel, as many of its staffers are acutely aware.
Not Larry Sabato:
COOCH GONE WILD  —  Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has been in the news a lot recently for his lawsuit against the EPA, his letter to colleges telling them to change their non-discrimination policies and his efforts to defund Planned Parenthood.  But he's not done making news yet!
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Another billboard mystery in Minnesota?  —  Somehow, I think people will miss this man more than the one featured in the “Miss Me Yet?” billboard that appeared outside the Twin Cities in Minnesota last month.  Another anonymous advertisement has appeared on the roadside of a major interstate freeway …
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
What will the Supreme Court be like without its liberal leader?  —  Supreme Court Justices are remembered for their opinions, but they are revealed by their questions.  For many years, Sandra Day O'Connor chose to open the questioning in most cases, and thus show the lawyers—and her colleagues …
Karen Travers / ABCNEWS:
Obama: We Will Get the Votes for Health Care Reform Bill  —  President Obama Tells ABC He Thinks Dems Will Pass Bill, in Exclusive Interview  —  President Obama told ABC News today he is confident that health care reform legislation will pass.  —  “I believe we are going to get the votes …
David M. Herszenhorn / Prescriptions:
Ohio Democrat to Skip Health Care Rally  —  Representative John Boccieri, Democrat of Ohio, whose vote on major health care legislation could be crucial to the outcome, will not be attending President Obama's health care rally on Monday in Strongsville, Ohio, not far from Mr. Boccieri's own district, a spokeswoman said.
Nancy Scola / American Prospect:
More of a National Broadband To-Do List, Really.  —  As Monica mentioned below, tomorrow was slated to be the day that the Federal Communications Commission would, finally, put out some version of a National Broadband Plan, the first of its kind for the United States.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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Larry Downes / The Hill:
Net neutrality would end innovation, not preserve it
Discussion: The Politico
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
New Health Care Whip Count: 190 Yes, 205 No (with Leaners: 202-207)  —  [Ed. Note: Be sure to listen for David tonight on NPR's All Things Considered.  As they say, check local listings.]  —  Since we're getting down to the wire on the health care bill, I'm going to start pushing leaners more forcefully.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Two Pictures Tell the Story on Health Care Debate  —  Gallup did something pretty cool in connection with their latest health care survey, which was to provide the verbatim responses (.xls) of the rationales given by people who would tell their Congressman to vote for or against the current health care bills, respectively.
Discussion: News Desk and Hullabaloo
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Obama pollster: Revise process, not goals  —  DNC pollster Joel Benenson, in a new poll and memo prepared for the Service Employees International Union and provided to POLITICO, is arguing that Democrats' political woes stem not from the scale of their agenda, but from the perception …
Andrew Gilligan / Telegraph:
Muslim gangs imposing sharia law in British prisons  —  Radical Muslim gangs are imposing a form of sharia law inside some of Britain's prisons, a BBC investigation has found.  —  Non-Muslim inmates at the high-security Long Lartin jail have been forced by the gangs to stop playing “Western” …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
William Saletan / Slate:
Your vote on health care is more important than your re-election. … - Why Are Humans Ticklish?  Are Animals Ticklish, Too?  - Wines Under $10 That Are Actually Pretty Good- Could You Go To Prison for Causing a Fatal NASCAR Crash?  - Jeffrey Gettleman: Why Africa's Bloodiest Wars Never Seem …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Hollywood's Political Fictions  —  Americans believe in evil, but we're uncomfortable with tragedy.  We accept that there are wicked people in the world, with malice in their hearts and a devil whispering in their ears.  But the idea that many debacles flow from choices made by decent …
James Oliphant / Los Angeles Times:
Obama losing chance to reshape judiciary  —  Liberals had hoped he would counter a slew of conservative appointments in federal courts made by his Republican predecessors.  But that hasn't happened.  —  President Obama's appointment of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court is one high-profile success.
 
 
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
The New Republic illustrates a serious piece about the Tea Party …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Political Rx: Democratic health-defectors
Discussion: The Huffington Post and CNN
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
GOP Gov Candidate Admits Refusing To Salute Flag …
Discussion: Political Insider and Peach Pundit
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Boxer blimp, the Demon Sheep and Fred Davis
CNN:
Palin's dad cuts radio ad in Nevada Senate race
Discussion: The Politico and TPM LiveWire
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
Obama's illusions of cost-control
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Michelle Malkin:
Liveblogging the House Budget Committee wreckonciliation mark-up
Discussion: The Hill and Political Byline
CNN:
Sanford invokes ‘Ides of March’ in health care fight
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
New MoveOn Ad Asks Dems: “Which Side Of History Will YOU Be On?”
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Swampland
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Struggles of American Middle Class: Where Do You Fit In?
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
NYT reminds freelancers of its ethics policies
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla and Mediaite
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Social Security starts cashing in US debt